In the past decade, 31 states put to a vote the question of whether or not gay people should be allowed to get married. 31 states have put those minority rights up to a vote and in all 31 of those states, that minority rights issue has gone down to defeat. But here’s the thing about rights. They’re not actually supposed to be voted on. That’s why they’re called rights.
Rachel Maddow, August 2010
Source: Politically Illustrated
Maddow speaks out in response to California’s passing of Prop 8 banning gay marriage in the state.